Pre-BaselWorld Anticipation: What we are looking forward to seeing from each of our watch brands.
Every year Russ and I find the week of the Baselworld Watch and Jewelry show to be among the most exciting times of the year for our industry. This week, each of the watch brands we sell (and many we do not) will release new models and collections. Like previous years, starting the second day of the show, we will be posting photos from the show along with our thoughts on these new watches. Following the suggestion of a friend, in this post I will be discussing the offerings I am most excited about based on pre-released information available from each of our brands.
The watch forums are buzzing with every new reveal about the new Omega Dive Watch. This is the watch I am looking forward to seeing the most. It's been entertaining watching Omega enthusiasts deconstruct what the exact nature of the watch from the hints that have been slowly coming out on Omega's Facebook page over the past few weeks. I can't wait to see exactly what it looks like in person.
I'm eager to see the Montre d'Aeronef Type 20 GMT 1903 that has appeared in the preview section of Zenith's Website since December. Over that time, it has generated a lot of client interest. I've been told there is supposed to be a refinement of the Arabic Hour Markers on the Basel samples. Apparently, Zenith wasn't happy with the dark color in the lume, and that effect has been eliminated. I'm looking forward to seeing how this watch looks in person.
Last year's Codebreaker was such a hit it seems like it will be almost impossible to top. Still, Bremont's annual limited edition is always fascinating. Will we see the return of integrating parts of a historically important plane into a watch? If we do, will it have three components of historical integration worked into the piece like the Codebreaker and the Victory?
The Boeing partnership is intriguing, and I'm looking forward to seeing the samples. Will we see a watch made out of a material the watch world has never seen?
The Heritage Collection is my favorite part of the Longines Line. What new period pieces will we see at Baselworld?
Oris now has an in-house calibre and it is debuting on a ten day power reserve model! I can't wait to learn about the calibre's specs, see how it looks in person, and learn what their plan will be for rolling out more in house movements.
Burberry is part of the Fossil luxury group. This year, Fossil is debuting a new Swiss in-house movement that will appear in models by both Burberry and Zodiac . How will this movement affect collector's perception of these brands?
Color. I don't ever spend time reading magazines to find out what colors are going to be popular in the fall. Every year I learn this info during my Michele meeting in Basel. Over the years, Michele's collections have consistently showcased colors that women will be most interested in over the next several seasons. On a more concrete note, last year's Serein Moonphase was a great addition to Michele's collection. Will we see more ladies diamond Moonphase watches in other collections this year?
To what extent will we see SpringLOCK watches in the 2014 collection? Last year at Baselworld, BALL showed an Annual Calendar that hasn't come to market yet. Is it still in the works? Will Ball CTO Philippe Antille announce major technical innovation? I'm also looking forward to seeing the new Stormchaser Pro this week.
While it's true I'm biased towards 60s and 70s style pieces, the 42mm Pan Europ Day-Date is gorgeous. This is the best looking watch for around $1,000 that I've seen in years.
Even though the Ebel "Classic" or "Classic Wave" is Ebel's signature design, it hasn't had any new introductions in several years. This year the collection is getting a major facelift and will be available at a new lower price point. Will it still feel as elegant as previous wave models?
Last year, Rado came out with a touch controlled Ladies Esenza. Will this style of user interface for a Swiss watch be expanded into men's models?
Ernst Benz's designer Leonid Khankin tends not to release much information before the show, but I'm interested to see how Ernst Benz's limited edition number on the dial concept has evolved over the past year.
Last years two bestsellers were nautical themed: the Seebatallion was based off of the S.A.R watch and the 29er Classic looked like vintage gauge instrumentation. Will this years bestsellers be similarly nautical?The Topper Blog consists mainly of original writing by Rob & Russ Caplan with occasional special contributions and interviews. All photography in the blog is taken at Topper Fine Jewelers , or on location unless otherwise indicated in the photo captions.